New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to multiple allegations of sexual harassment on Sunday evening, saying in a statement that he "never intended to offend anyone."
"At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny," Cuomo said. "I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good-natured way. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business."
The 63-year-old Democrat, who was most recently accused by 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett of sexual harassment, apologized to anyone who "misinterpreted" him.
"I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that," Cuomo said, reiterating that he "never inappropriately touched anybody."
🔦 The accusations against Cuomo come as he is also facing increased scrutiny over his handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and allegations his office misrepresented how many had died in those facilities.